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EMDR For First Responders

We’re passionate about working with adults who have experienced childhood abuse, assault, significant life-altering events and childhood attachment wounds, essentially, both “big T “and “small t” trauma.  

For the First Responder, occupational stress and the witnessing of trauma are common experiences. It can seem difficult to feel understood when suffering in silence becomes the norm, especially when there is a fear of judgement and shame. We have extensive experience treating trauma using  EMDR, and we have specific knowledge and training on how First Responders are impacted by occupational stress and traumatic events. We understand the importance of creating a safe, non-judgemental space and the importance of tailoring our approach to meet your needs.

We use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment, that helps alleviate psychological stress from various forms of trauma and attachment injuries. Memories that are stuck in “trauma-time” can negatively impact our behaviour and beliefs even years later. It is often the case that we are unaware of the impact that these implicit memories have on our nervous systems, our view of self, and our relationships until a significant event brings it to the surface.

The beginning phase of therapy involves getting to know you, creating a safe and warm space, deepening your understanding of trauma and gently exploring its impact. Resourcing is an important part of all therapy and especially important in trauma work. This involves tapping into the internal and external resources you already possess for accessing calm and grounding within your body. Our internal parts can also be used as resources and together we will explore how they can help and empower you.

In addition to 60-minute therapy sessions we are now providing EMDR Intensives. These sessions are longer and held more frequently which allows us to focus more on resourcing, trauma reprocessing and widening the window of tolerance. EMDR Intensives can accelerate trauma reprocessing so that fewer sessions are needed overall. 

Feel free to reach out to hear about how we can support you to shift negative beliefs/patterns, and help you to start living in the present. We offer in-person sessions in Bolton, Caledon and virtually across Ontario.